Grass fires taking up firefighter’s resources
Grass fires this season are diverting valuable firefighting resources.
Fire departments in the municipality have responded to as many as 100 grass fires in a day during one of their busiest seasons in recent memory.
Glace Bay Fire Chief John Chant says there are many reasons why people set grass fires, including a mistaken belief that such fires help clear old growth and help new spring growth.
While the Glace Bay volunteer fire department was responding to a house fire Friday on South Street, the Dominion department, who were on standby, were called to a grass fire on Emery Street.
The Glace Bay department were able to contain the blaze with the resources at hand.
One woman was at home with her four-year-old at the time of the fire. She went to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and minor burns, and has since been released.
Cape Breton Regional Police and members of the Office of the Fire Marshal were at the scene yesterday trying to determine what caused the fire.